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Posts Tagged ‘Windy City.’

Alfonso Soriano remains hot at the plate since trade to Yankees

When Alfonso Soriano was with the Chicago Cubs, everybody felt that he was not living up to his potential. But he was happy playing in the Windy City.

Playing on a losing team, even the top players sometimes can’t play up to their own standards more less those of fans and the media.

Alfonso Soriano (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Since his return to the New York Yankees in a trade recently, he has eight home runs with 26 RBI’s, 18 in his past four games with 13 hits and has won several games with his bat.

Soriano always said he liked playing for the Yankees and never wanted to be traded to Texas in 2004 by New York.

Friday night in a 10-3 waxing of the Boston Red Sox, Soriano collected four RBI’s as the Yankees won for the fifth time in six games.

 

Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, on of baseball’s fan attractions

 

U.S. Cellular Field (photo by UCinternational & Zukkie44 via wikipedia commons)

It’s summertime in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois and the fans of the White Sox have some options for fans to “cool off” when the temperatures become unbareable as it has most of the season.

There is the Chicagoland Plumbing Council Shower.

Located on the stadium’s main level near Section 161, the shower was originally placed in the outfield stands at Old Comiskey Park. In 1991, it was moved to the modern ballpark.

There are also two “rain rooms” where fans can get a mist to cool them off. One is located in Section 162 and the other in Section 524.

Opened in 1991, U.S. Cellular Field was built for a cost of $167 million and it seats 40,615 fans.

 

Info compiled from Chicago White Sox media guide & wikipedia

White Sox’ 9-3 win reminds Indians not to forget about them in AL Central race

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Cleveland Indians have been asked all season ever since they we’ve been around first place, if they worry about the Detroit Tigers.

Manager Manny Acta and his players have said all along that you can’t forget about the Chicago White Sox, who can hit and pitch with anybody.

On Friday night, the Indians were shown why they have to worry about the Windy City teams as well in a 9-3 loss to Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field. Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (3-3) struggled with his command, the Tribe’s lineup labored against rookie Jose Quintana and the White Sox put their power on display.

Cleveland just swept the Tigers at home during the week. But the American League Central-leading Indians (26-19) saw their lead over the second-place White Sox (24-22) trimmed to 2 1/2 games.

Coming into the 2012 season, Detroit was picked as the front-runner for this year’s Central Division title. The Tigers won the division by a 15-game margin over the Tribe last season and then went out and signed  free-agent slugger Prince Fielder. Chicago was not expected to be a factor, but the White Sox are sitting on the Indians heels nearly two months into the season.

The Indians’ offense struggled all night against White Sox lefty Jose Quintana (1-0), who was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte before the game. Quintana limited Cleveland to two runs on four hits in six innings.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

 

Bengals RB Benson racks up another 1,000-yard season

 

Cedric Benson of Bengals Sept 2011 (photo by Denverjeffrey via wikipedia commons)

The Chicago Bears got rid of running back Cedric Benson in favor of Thomas Jones.

The Bears are probably secretly thinking they made a mistake.

The 28-year-old Benson, a former first round pick, fourth overall by the Bears in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Texas, has flourished in his four years with the Cincinnati Bengals after leaving the Windy City.

The Midland, Texas native gained 57 yards on 16 carries to run his season total to 1,016 yards. It marks his third straight 1,000-yard season. He is the third Cincinnati Bengals running back to earn at least three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, joining Corey Dillon (1997-2002) and Rudi Johnson (2004-2006).

Benson played for the Bears from 2005-2007.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals game notes

Doug Davis signs minor league deal with Cubs

 

Doug Davis pitching for Texas in 2008 (photo by shgmom56 & UC International via wikipedia commons)

The 2011 Chicago Cubs pitching staff is hurting with injuries to a couple of starters.

Andrew Cashner (rear rotator cuff strain) and Randy Wells (right forearm strain) are on the disabled list so they had to look for help for the future.

The team from the northside of the Windy City has signed veteran lefty Doug Davis to a Minor League contract. The transaction was on Tuesday, April 12 and has several incentives which could net Davis up to $2 million.

Davis, will be heading to an extended spring training in Mesa, Arizona, to continue his workout in coming back from flexor tendon surgery. The Cubs are hoping for a May return for Davis.

In 2010 with the Brewers, Davis was limited to just eight starts, compiling a 1-4 record with a 7.51 ERA because of a heart problem and then an elbow injury.

Davis has always been known as a durable pitcher, who can throw over 115-120 pitches a game. He has also pitched for Texas, Toronto and Arizona in 11 seasons with a 91-101 record.

 

compiled from staff, wikipedia, Chicago Cubs & Major League Baseball news

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